WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Natalie from Greenleaf Goods


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hi everyone! I’m Natalie from Greenleaf Goods, and I am so excited to be guest hosting WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced today!

Lee’s blog was one of the first that I started reading regularly, and I loved the idea of a weekly check-in to keep all of my projects in order. It’s amazing to see how it has grown, and I have “met” some of my favorite bloggers (and now friends!) through the WIP Wednesday link-up.

I’m sorely in need of a project check-in, as I have some WIP’s that have been languishing for quite a while! It’s very motivating to make a concrete list of ALL projects in progress, it helps keep me motivated to see things through to completion. Plus, I’m often surprised at how many things I have going on at once!

Here’s my current rundown:

hand quilting my single girl

1. Single Girl Quilt: 

I started my single girl quilt 2 years ago! This is definitely my longest-term project to date, but also one of my most special quilts.

single girl WIP

After finishing the quilt top up this past summer, I decided to hand quilt the entire queen sized thing. Crazy? Maybe! But I really love the process, and I’m close to being done! Hoping to finish this one in the next month or so!

fabric bundle from purl


2. Next up: A new project I recently began that is inspired by a vintage quilt top I saw on pinterest. I’ve been hoarding a gorgeous bundle of fabric from Purl that I received as a wedding gift 2 years ago, and it has finally found its calling. I pulled out a ridiculously large stack of fabric to accompany the bundle (some of which are pictured below), and I’ve been working on freezer-paper templates for the piecing.

fabric for vintage inspired quilt

Lately I’ve been feeling very inspired by vintage quilt tops—perhaps a good sign that I’ll love Lee’s new book!

voile patchwork quilt top

3. Little Folks Quilt Top: In the dead of winter I whipped up this bright voile quilt top. I’m thinking this will be my next hand-quilting venture, once I finish the single girl. I love the softness of hand quilted quilts, and stitching through voile is like stitching a cloud!

pow-wow quilt on the design wall

4. Pow-Wow Quilt: I began my pow-wow quilt last spring, but put it on the back burner when we moved in the fall. These bright colors would be perfect for a spring finish!


5. Holiday Quilts: This past year I also decided it would be fun to have some special occasion quilts, both of which need finishing! My 4th of July-inspired quilt is basted and ready to quilt.

Spiderweb Quilt..

My Halloween quilt needs quite a few more spiderweb blocks to be complete.

chicopee hoops

6. Last up: I’m sprucing up the bathroom in our house with some Chicopee patchwork! I have to finish a few hoops, and I’m planning to embellish a white shower curtain with some patchwork squares. The Chicopee just looks so good with black and white vintage tile in our bathroom.

Phew! That’s quite a list! Now it’s time for you to share what you’re working on!

Here’s how it works:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog. (Or grab the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. This is the best part! Check in on your sewing and blogging friends for an update on their projects, and find new friends to follow! Don’t forget to leave some encouragement for others, blog comments make everyone’s day better!

Happy Sewing!


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    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      Thanks so much! It definitely took me a while to get going on my Single Girl. Once I embraced that it was just a very long-term project it became more fun. Can't wait to see yours!

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      It's funny, but I actually thought I hated hand quilting for the first few years I was sewing, and slowly I came around on the idea (and now I'm hooked)! What I learned is never say never!

  1. Renee
    Renee says:

    Your single girl is gorgeous! The hand quilting looks great, I hope you finish it soon! The fabric for your vintage top is delicious! What a fun quilt and color palate.

  2. knitnkwilt
    knitnkwilt says:

    Though I have seen the pattern before, this is the first I knew its name is "Single Girl." I am still chuckling. And it looks good. I also like the July 4 stars.

  3. Marsha Cooper
    Marsha Cooper says:

    Again I've not posted for a few weeks, but I have been working.
    As always, I love all of your work!
    I am wanting to do a spiderweb quilt and have my materials set aside for it, but haven't started it yet. Forgot to put that in my wanting to start list today.

  4. Alia
    Alia says:

    Hi Natalie! All of your WIPs are looking great, I love all the colors you work with. I bet those Chicopee hoops will look fantastic in your bathroom when they're done! What a fun project

  5. Zafeiro Vaxevanidou
    Zafeiro Vaxevanidou says:

    I am in love with your single girl quilt, and especially the amazing handquilting! Another favorite is your 4th July quilt…I really adore it! You have been hoarding a lot of unfinished projects as most of us…I really feel frustrated about this, but maybe I should get over it!


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